Commentary: September 11 The American Dialect Society named the date of the 2001 terrorist attacks as the most important new term in America's vocabulary. But even they couldn't agree whether to say Nine-Eleven, Nine-One-One, or September 11th. Commentator Geo Beach has a clear position on the matter: We should take a few extra syllables and call it September eleventh.
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Commentary: September 11

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The American Dialect Society named the date of the 2001 terrorist attacks as the most important new term in America's vocabulary. But even they couldn't agree whether to say Nine-Eleven, Nine-One-One, or September 11th. Commentator Geo Beach has a clear position on the matter: We should take a few extra syllables and call it September eleventh.